New faces for Vikings in final training camp in Mankato

New faces for Vikings in final training camp in Mankato

MANKATO, MN…Maybe it’s fitting that the final final training camp in Mankato is absent some familiar faces. Adrian Peterson in New Orleans, Mount Vernon’s Chad Greenway retired, and the Vikings hope it’s the new faces in camp that will change last year’s 8-8 result.>

“Proof has got to be in the pudding you know? I thought we were going to be better last year and we had, obviously, a lot of different things happen. But I do know the personalities of these guys and that’s kind of what I’m putting a lot of belief in.” Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer says.

Revamping the offensive line was priority number one for a Viking team that was last in the NFL with 75 yards a game.

Parkston’s Riley Reiff headlines the four newcomers.

“We’re just trying to work together here and starting building some chemistry between each other and just ready to get to work.” Reiff says.

Running behind Reiff and that line it’s hard to envision anyone replacing Peterson at his peak. Veterans LaTavius Murray, Jerrick McKinnon and rookie Dalvin Cook will share that spotlight and load.

“It comes naturally, you can’t force things. Everything come natural and we just going to go out there, have fun with what we’re doing, and let things evolve on it’s own.” Cook says.

Aside from Greenway being gone the Vikings defense that gave up the third fewest yards per game returns intact and wants to push the offense to match their pace.

“I mean it goes both ways man. They’re professionals over there too, they get paid as well. And there are some great players over there, they struggled a little bit last year. You know, injuries played a big factor in that. Not to make any excuses but I think if they can remain healthy and continue to build continuity I think they’ll be successful.” Vikings LB Anthony Barr says.

“It’s just fun seeing different looks every day. It makes us better. Sometimes it might make us look a little silly but it’s good for us.” Reiff says.

And with the Super Bowl coming to their home….

“I want to try and make history. Play in a Super Bowl in your home stadium, it’s never been done, that’d be the ultimate goal.” Vikings DL Linval Joseph says.

….It’d be nice if the Vikings made it for a change.

In Mankato with Ian Theisen, Zach Borg, KDLT Sports.

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